Every year during the week before Valentine’s Day, I like to give my family a daily treat. So I decided to make everyone a fabric envelope to hold their daily treats. I found the inspiration for making these on Pinterest.
I cannot wait to make some of these adorable envelopes for everyday use too.
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Fabric Envelope Tutorial
I grabbed a bit of felt and a paper envelope and started creating.
Fabric Envelope Supplies
- Envelope Pattern (download the printable pattern)
- Embroidery needles
- Embroidery thread
- Thread conditioner
- Fabric maker
- Sewing pins
- Hot glue
- Quilt ruler
**I recommend you watch the how-to video before beginning this project.
Cut Pieces of Fabric for Envelopes
The first step is to print out the pattern and trim around the paper pattern with scissors.
Next, pin the pattern on your fabric with the right side facing up. Next, cut along the paper template, be careful not to cut the paper pattern, and then remove the pins.
Then fold the side flaps in at the natural fold lines, then fold the bottom flap over the sides and pin in place. Last, fold the top of the envelope over and form an envelope shape and pin in place.
Trace and Mark Front
With the pins in place, turn the envelope over, trace a square for the felt postage stamp, and draw lines for the address.
I used the fabric conditioner as my template to make a square for my stamp. For the address lines, I used a quilt ruler.
Cut Out Stamp and Heart
To use the fabric conditioner to make my stamp with white fabric (felt) and make a heart for my postage stamp, I folded a piece of red fabric (felt) in half and traced half of a heart, then cut along the traced lines.
Then, I cut a piece of embroidery floss about 18 inches long and separated two pieces for sewing. Finally, I pulled the knotted thread through the thread conditioner to help prevent knots.
I sewed an X to hold on the heart and white square for the stamp.
Then, I added the blanket stitch around the top flap, side flaps (omitting the areas covered by the folds), and the bottom flap.
Note: This step is optional.
Assembling the Envelope
I used hot glue, but you can use fabric glue or hand stitch your envelope together.
With the wrong side facing up, fold in the left side flap and place a dot of hot glue, then fold over the right side flap to the center and press into the glue dot on the left flap.
Note: Do not glue them to the inside of the envelope.
Next, fold up the bottom flap to the junction of the side flaps. Place glue inside the 1/4″ seam, careful not to glue the envelope closed.
Note: You can hand stitch your envelope closed instead of gluing.
Button and Ribbon Closure
For the envelope closure, I sewed on a button and piece of ribbon simultaneously. Then, I placed the ribbon under the bottom holes and hand-stitched them on the back of the envelope.
Then I repeated the same process at the top of the flap.
Note: You can use different fabric types; however, if you choose a lightweight fabric, you will need to line the envelope using fusible interfacing between the layers of your materials.
Note: When I made the red envelope, I sewed on the bottoms then knotted the ribbon around the stitches between the button and the fabric.
You can use these adorable fabric envelopes for gift wrapping and cards.
Also, you can create envelopes that coordinate with your gift wrapping.
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